Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Know Your Anemones ; Happy in Shade or Sun, Flowering in Early Spring or Late Autumn, Anemones Are Elegant, Bright, Graceful - and Easy and Cheap to Grow

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Know Your Anemones ; Happy in Shade or Sun, Flowering in Early Spring or Late Autumn, Anemones Are Elegant, Bright, Graceful - and Easy and Cheap to Grow

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DURING my long gardening history, I've fallen in love with many plants. At times my excitement about some of them may have waned as a new infatuation has taken over but, once smitten, I have never fallen out of love completely.

Often the flames are re-ignited when you see your erstwhile favourites in someone else's garden. Sometimes you've lost the plant entirely and you long to grow it again.

Perhaps it is a whole family of plants that you feel you must have to grace your garden.

For me, one such clan is the anemones. There are anemones for shade and for sun, there are anemones that flower early in the spring and some that wait until the autumn to make a late display.

Almost all have single flowers with a boss of golden stamens at theirheart. In the shops now are bunches of anemone coronaria in vivid reds, purples and blues. They have been popular as cut flowers for decades.

As children, my brothers and I would put our pocket money together and buy our mum a bunch of anemones for Valentine's Day or Mothering Sunday.

I can still remember the sight and smell of the inside of the florist's shop on Bolton Road in Walkden where we lived. Big slate counters dripping with water, leaves stripped from stems and green vases all around full to overflowing with brilliant flowers and foliage, asparagus fern and pittisporum.

The smell was the thing though - scents and aromas are always the most evocative. The sweet perfume of early daffodils just in from Cornwall and the Scilly Isles - Soleil d'Or and Paperwhites mingling with the spicy, musky smell of chrysanths.

My mum was always delighted with her anemones. They are very cheap to grow and easy too, though they need ample warmth.

Growing the corms in pots, planted up in gritty soil, should give you flowers in February. Corms grown outside should yield flowers in March or April.

Another of my mum's favourite anemones was the wood anemone, anemone nemorosa. …

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